Monday, June 24, 2013

Robotic Procedures in General Surgery

Robotic surgery is a type of procedure that  is similar to laparoscopic surgery. To date there has been no evidence to support that the result of robotic surgery is superior to laparoscopic surgery.

The main advantage of robotic is the convenience for the surgeon, where the surgeon can see the area being operated on in a much clearer picture than laparoscopy; the surgeon is in a more comfortable position and can move in a more natural way during the procedure.

Another advantage for robotic surgery is when it is used in a difficult area in the abdominal cavity, which normally cannot be reached by laparoscopic instruments. Robotic surgery has higher expenses and requires longer surgery time without improvement in outcome compared to laparoscopic procedure. For this reason robotic surgery is not widely accepted as an alternative to routine laparoscopic surgery.

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